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Morals

The First Vatican Council pronounced that the pope, in or out of council, would be protected by God with the gift of infallibility whenever he should define a doctrine pertaining to faith or morals. Matters of Faith can only involve religious propositions and the matter of those propositions are true or false judgments. A moral definition would involve a proposition that is right or wrong, rather than true or false. The difference between the two involves the end being sought. A doctrinal pronouncement defines a religious truth, which is the object of the intellect. A moral pronouncement defines a good, which is the object of the will. One could say that Faith engages intellectual belief, morals engage voluntary action.

A moral act is a human act performed with knowledge and free will. Every consciously deliberate action is a moral act, and each one is either morally good or morally evil. If it leads us to our final end, eternal salvation, it is a morally good act. If it takes us away from salvation, it is a morally evil act, a sin. Morals, therefore, pertain to human conduct.

Articles in this section treat of a wide variety of issues that, immediately, proximately, or remotely, deal with the morality of human acts, whether individually or as a society.

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Wife Takes Care of Soccer-Star Husband Now 33 Years in Coma

CNA: When asked about euthanasia, Bernadette [his wife] replied, “What do you want me to do – deprive him of food? Let him die little by little? No, no, no.” Although the 33-year journey has not been easy, Bernadette still clings to hope and to her husband of 46 years. “If one day, medical science evolves, then why not? Will there be a day when they’ll … More →

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Edmonton: Some ‘Catholic’ School Board Members in a Tizzy Over Bishop’s Public Defense of Morals

Catholic Culture: After the Catholic schools of Edmonton, Alberta, sent out a copy of Bishop Fred Henry’s statement denouncing new province guidelines for “transgender” students, some members of the Edmonton Catholic school-district board openly criticized the bishop’s remarks and said they should not have been publicized by the school board. More here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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Anger Issues

Anger is a vice that seems to be on the increase, with the country splitting at the seams of religion, class, race, party, and ideology. Pat Buchanan refers to this as the “balkanization” of America. At the opposite moral extreme is the vice of a certain pacifist or soft person, who would rule out all anger as wrong. In order to situate anger in man, … More →


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Catholic Social Doctrine, Subsidiarity, and the Growth of Co-Op Farms

Mary Rezac, CNA: Anyone who’s familiar with “Portlandia” probably remembers Colin the chicken – a heritage-breed, woodland-raised fowl who was fed a diet of sheep’s milk, soy and (local) hazelnuts and lived a happy life on a (local) 4-acre farm before succumbing to its fate on the plates of two insufferable hipsters. Full report is here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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Are the Works of Mercy a Matter of Justice?

Continuing the general subject of the last Ad Rem, I would like to reply to this second question about Mercy. We are, after all, in the “Year of Mercy,” and some things should be gotten straight about this gravely misunderstood virtue. The answer to the title question is yes. Let me begin my explanation by saying that I do not suggest changing the name from … More →


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German Bishop Opposes End Run of Rebellious German Bishops Conference

CNA: The bishop also noted that the publication “was released in the name of the Conference of Bishops, of which I [Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer] am a member, without my having previously seen its content, much less having approved it.” Full report here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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Man Wants to Live But Houston Hospital Set to ‘Pull Plug’

WNDaily: A Texas mother and pro-life activists are fighting a Houston hospital in court after the facility cited a state law in its decision to refuse treatment for a 46-year-old man, despite the patient’s wishes and those of his family. Houston Methodist Hospital is standing behind the decision of an administrative panel that ruled it was best to remove life-sustaining care for Chris Dunn, a former sheriff’s deputy who also worked … More →

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Archbishop Cupich Says It’s Up to Pro-Arbortionist Polticians and Active Homosexuals If They Want to Receive Comunion

LifeSiteNews: Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich has proved himself again the leading American exponent of the German school of theology, telling an ABC interviewer that it was up to divorced and remarried Catholics and homosexuals to decide for themselves if they took Holy Communion, not their priests or bishops. The archbishop also reaffirmed his general opposition to Canon 915 of the Code of Canon Law, which requires ministers … More →

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Are the Works of Mercy Ever Obligatory?

Two questions about “mercy” were recently asked of me. Since we are soon to embark on the “Year of Mercy” proclaimed by Pope Francis, and since there is much confusion about the subject in general, I thought it worthy of our attention to consider these questions in an Ad Rem. Are any of the spiritual or corporal works of mercy obligatory Is there any sense … More →


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Dominican Rep: High Court Outlaws All Abortion, No Exceptions

Catholic Culture: The top court in the Dominican Republic has overturned legislation that allowed for legal abortion. The Constitutional Tribunal ruled that a law passed in 2014, with the backing of President Danilo Medina, violated the country’s constitution, which provides for defense of life from the time of conception. The law would have allowed for abortion in cases of rape, incest, or fetal abnormalities “incompatible with … More →

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Bishop of Hong Kong Attacked for Defending Family Against Homosexual Activists

AsiaNews: In the past few days, Card John Tong Hon, Bishop of Hong Kong, and the Catholic Church have been accused of “discrimination” by LGBT groups and representatives of Western governments in the territory for defending the institution of the family based on the union of a man and a woman, and for warning the faithful against any official recognition of gay unions as equal to … More →

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Ben Carson Opposes Abortion in Cases of Rape or Incest

LifeNews: “You know, things are set up in such a way that the person in the world who has the greatest interest in protecting the baby is the mother,” claimed Carson. “We’ve allowed the purveyors of the vision to make mothers think that that baby is their enemy and that they have a right to kill it.  Can you see how perverted that line of … More →

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Bishop Conley: ‘Counterfeit Conscience’ No Appeal at Final Judgment

First Things: A Catholic who believes that conscience might really abrogate the Gospel has abandoned belief in the normativity of divine law, and its contribution to human flourishing. And a pastor who fails to instruct a misguided conscience seems to have forgotten that appeals to false conscience will offer no protection in the final judgment. Full article is here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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New Mass Lectionary Drops Bible Verses Condemning Sodomy

Taylor Marshall: One of the very unfortunate results of the New Lectionary is that verses that might be deemed offensive have been removed from our liturgical celebrations. Full report is here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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Paulists March On in Their Quest for a New Inclusive Church

“It has been our pastoral and personal experience, that members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community are people of good will, deep faith, with an abiding sense of their own Catholicity who have probed the depths of their consciences in their desire for the sacraments. We urge those gathered for the Synod to consider the personal needs, sexual experience, and covenant commitment of … More →

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